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Understanding Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

Recommended Literature

Of the plethora of publications on student learning assessment, we recommend these:

  • Suskie, L. A. (2009). Assessing student learning: A common sense guide (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass     [342 pages]
  • Walvoord, B. E. (2010). Assessment clear and simple: A practical guide for institutions, departments, and general education (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass     [126 pages]

Additional literature on assessment and accreditation in higher education:

  • Banta, T. W., & Palomba, C. A. (2015). Assessment essentials: Planning, implementing, and improving assessment in higher education (2nd ed.). Jossey-Bass: San Francisco, CA     [339 pages]
  • Banta, T. W., Jones, E. A., & Black, K. E. (2009). Designing effective assessment: Principles and profiles of good practice. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass     [338 pages]
  • Council for the Adancement of Standards in Higher Education. (2012). CAS professional standards for higher education (8th ed.). Washington, DC: Author     [534 pages]
  • Gaston, P. L. (2014). Higher education accreditation: How it’s changing, why it must. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing     [253 pages]
  • Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (2011). The program evaluation standards (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications     [384 pages]
  • Kuh, G. D., Ikenberry, S. O., Jankowski, N. A., Cain, T. R., Ewell, P. T., Hutchings, P., & Kinzie, J. (2015). Using evidence of student learning to improve higher education. San Jossey-Bass: San Francisco, CA     [275 pages]
  • Nichols, J. O., & Nichols, K. W. (2005). A road map improvement of student learning and support services through assessment. Flemingston, NJ: Agathon Press     [339 pages]
  • Secolsky, C., & Denison, D. B. (Eds). (2012). Handbook on measurement, assessment, and evaluation in higher education. New York, NY: Routledge     [680 pages]
  • Suskie, L. (2015). Five dimensions of quality: A common sense guide to accreditation and accountability. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass     [282 pages]

External Resources

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